from Boise, ID, USA
Date Reviewed: December 27, 2002
Strengths: ECC lockout is the best 5 in. of smooth travel
Weaknesses: Sanctions or the weekest pieces of horse crap. Marzocchi has horrible customer service expensive
I rode this fork for about a week, then raced on it once. I was beginning to like it. Then suddenly I decided to take it freeriding, that's when I took about a 6 foot drop (landing of grass!!!) and the sanction tubes snapped in half!!!!!!! I tumbled on the fork and it stabed me in the shoulder. Not only did this fork break easily under pressure, it broke in only about 2 weeks of riding. I tried to get it warranty and marzocchi was jerks about it. They made me buy another fork, so I said F*** it. I still have the fork if anyone wants to see pictures of it. Plus it's expensive. Non-freeriders should buy fork. Too heavy for XC. Not big enough for DH.
Similar Products Used: RockShox Psylo SL, Marzocchi DJ 1
Bike Setup: Rocky Mountain RM6, now with boxxer, Hope Discs
from Ft Dodge IA USA
Date Reviewed: July 15, 2002
Strengths: Super stiff smooth plushhhhhh (mines a 2000 i bought it new and havent had a problem with it yet)
Weaknesses: None really
I bought mine on closeout in early 2001 so i got a screamin deal on it. works great would highly recomend for my portly brothers out there .this baby is the real deal if you like to ride urban down hill or slalom youll love it .If your an x.c.Geek well look else where like me shes a bit on the chubby side ;)
Similar Products Used: Stratos S7, Manitou Millenium, Rock Shox Psylo
from N. Van.
Date Reviewed: January 15, 2002
Strengths: Takes a fair amount of abuse
Weaknesses: The shock was a lemon - could never get mine set right - 1st year bent the arch - oil leaks - always in need of maintenance. I'm no huge hucker or crash test idiot -the shock sucked. I bought the only crap Z1 out there.
buy this shock based on other reviews - mine sucked big time
me like fork
Date Reviewed: December 27, 2001
Strengths: -bloody strong -plush plush travel -5 inches of plush travel -stiff as stink with the beefy bolt on arch, and qr20 -good looks -not a rock slop, or man-poo -easy to maintain -seals are excellent
Weaknesses: just nit-picking but -when i first bought it the pre-load knobs would turn to the easy settings as i road this was fixed with lock-tight, and actually has never happened again after i changed the oil last 2 weeks ago
Similar Products Used: -monster T, super t boxxers, judy xc/c/sl sids shivers
Bike Setup: z1 qr, full sram 9,0 blackspire chainguide rynolights rims shcwinn moab 3 frame (soon to be replaced with an ellsworth specialist)
Date Reviewed: December 16, 2001
Strengths: great travel, solid, very plush, dont even know its there half the time. Best freeride forks on the market. If you want a great overall freeride fork with plenty of travel that are fairly light, buy these forks.
Weaknesses: WARNING: Apparently in 2001 Marzocchi thought it would be a good idea to change the Z1 product design a little from previous years. Bad Idea! I didnt even think twice when I removed the brake bosses. Dont try this at home because in the 2001 model they hold the whole fork together. Removing them caused the fork to separate and I had to take it in to a shop to have the seals replaced and the shocks overhauled. I have no idea whos decision at Marzocchi this was but why make such a drastic change such a great product? And dont tell me that I should have known better because in the span of 24hrs, three other people had came into the same shop with the same problem. I guess Marzocchi will make more money selling seal replacement kits this year.
Best fork out there and highly recommend them. However the little mishap above made me loose a weekend of riding.
Similar Products Used: Other marzocchi single crowns
Bike Setup: KONA stinky with hayes hydros, 2.1 tires, sun ryhno lites, hussefelt crank, xt drive, fox vanilla R shock
from Brantford ON Canada
Date Reviewed: November 23, 2001
Strengths: To strong, really smooth,
If you want to feel invinsible without a ton of weight then is the fork for you. This fork can take all the hits and more. I've been bashing the crap out of this fork for almost a year and haven't had one problem. This fork is super smooth and just kicks ass.
Strengths: The sign of a good product is when it disappears beneath you when riding it. I never have to wonder how the fork will handle a certain situation, and that's a huge confidence boost. QR20 axle tracks accurately, like my Girvin Crosslink. This fork still lets me climb as well as before, and even helps in some uphill situations.
Weaknesses: No compression damping control - SSV only. The rebound damping seems occasionally inconsistent. A seal at the arch/slider junction was faulty from the factory, and it barfed oil on my disc-brake side. I had to clean the rotor with rubbing alcohol and use a lighter to burn oil off the pads.
My first moment of truth with this fork was in Durham Forest. I was with with a group of 8 or so, and we came to a section with a series of steps made of three or four small logs. It was on a hill, so myself and the resident Pro downhiller, on a Brodie Devo, decided to launch from a high lip at the top side of the steps to clear the whole section. He lined it up perfectly on his first run and cleared it without incident. I, however, didn't properly navigate the turn in the trail uphill of the steps and missed my line. I ended up riding diagonally across the steps, straight for a suitcase-sized rock. I stayed loose, let the fork hit it, and rolled out the bottom under control. Had I been riding my ProFlex with a Girvin Crosslink, I would have blown the shock (again) and probably hurt myself. However, the Z1 just sucked up the rock. The fork did not bottom out. The spectators said they saw the fork compress instantly and almost fully, but like I said earlier, it disappeared beneath me and did its job. On my next attempt, I made the turn, hit my line and cleared the section smoothly.
Purchased At: Freewheel Cycle - one of Canada's top 10 shops
Similar Products Used: None - first long-travel fork
Bike Setup: Brodie Diablo frame, built it up myself with Avid mech discs, Avid ultimate levers, RaceFace headset, bar, cranks, BB, post, Mavic F519 rims, XT/LX/Sachs drivetrain, Nokian 2.3 DH, Vanilla RC shock
from San Jose Ca
Date Reviewed: September 14, 2001
Strengths: super plush, bombproof
Weaknesses: new ecc lockout stopped working had it replaced and within a week its starting to get weird again, other than that the fork rocks!
great fork......the best fork! but come on marzocchi I think a little bit more R&D should go in to that lockout system, my lbs says they are all coming back to him not working
Bike Setup: 01' santa cruz bullit,z-1 qr20, hayes, thompson post, wtb D/H wheelset, king headset,
a Weekend Warrior
from Vancouver, BC
Date Reviewed: September 13, 2001
Strengths: Wow. where to start.
Plush, does not bottom out, adjustable
Weaknesses: Seals are leaking a bit. I purchased it from a friend that upgraded to a super T, so I know it is in good shape, just needs new seals. Hardly a real weakness of the product
For the price I found this item (ok, it was used, and I did know the person who used it) I could not let this fork go. I was AMAZED how much better it was than my Psylo XC (which is now on my hardtail). Dont get me wrong, the Psylo is good, but the zoke is SO plush, it constantly holds the wheel to the ground, and the adjustments work so well.
I even managed to completely disassemble / reassemble following the manuals. An absolute pleasure to work on.
I wished my bike had originaly come with this fork, I had fun on the old fork for the past 6 months, but the Z1 is SOOOOOO much more fun.
I will never switch from Marzocchi now.
One last note, I would / and will pay full price in the future for this product. Happily.
Similar Products Used: 2001 Psylo XC if you classify it similar (has 5" travel)
Bike Setup: 2001 FSR enduro expert, w Z1 QR20, Thompson seatpost and stem, Selle Italia saddle, El gato rear tire, Specialized big hit front tire)
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: August 27, 2001
Strengths: i got to say that this forks rocks. the first day i had it out riding i was droping it 6-8 ft, and riding a 14set near home. not one did it come near bottoming out. the z1qr20 mcr is stong, stable and durable. so far so good
Weaknesses: none yet but i will let u know if and when i find any
i would recomend the forks to anyone who is riding urban, north shore, dirt jumping or any other form of asault. if you enjoy med to large drops and plan on kicking the s#@! outa them go for it. they'll also work very well for someone who want's a light fork for basic freeriding or xc.
Similar Products Used: none. my fist squieshy fork
Bike Setup: planet-x jack flash frame, hope disc, planet-x bmf rims, goliath hubs and meteor stem, azonic dbl wall bars and sattle. i like i like alot!! i beat it and it keeps going n going n going :-p
from Sooke, B.C. , Canada
Date Reviewed: August 13, 2001
Strengths: This Fork Kicks Ass I have hucked it off nine footers to flat and they didn't even bottom out. And they are light as hell I can j-hop these babies 30 inches.
Weaknesses: none so far.
If u want a light fork with good tough travel this is the one.